The Milestones Project – Jana Nahe

The Milestones Project returns…. in their usual distinctive style with this unconventional new disco/funk track called Jana Nahi..
“Sound of Evolution” as Ali Tim describes it… however, is Karachi ready for this track mastered at Abbey Roads Studio, London.
Well I do hope so.. because we at Legendary Musicians of Karachi absolutely love it..

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Sound of Silence – The Pereira Sisters

Here is Candy Pereira (Milestones) singing Sound of Silence with her equally talented sisters.  Many of our LMK members have been requesting information about her whereabouts: She left Karachi in the early 90s to settle in Toronto and has gone off the grid to live a more quiet life.  Her sister – Melanie, who is playing the keyboard – sadly passed away.

In addition to recording “We Are One” (also available on YouTube), the Pereira Sisters were able to capture their beautiful harmony, singing a classic throwback, “Sound of Silence.” For the sisters, this song brings forward memories of their youth and performing together before going on to lead their individual lives.

Enjoy:

Live Bands of Karachi -ldg

Here is our working list of all the live bands that performed at clubs, bars, discos, cabarets and other live gigs in Karachi.  I am hoping to record more precise dates for  each band via the help of our Karachi Musicians (work in progress).

Please do get in touch with us if we have inadvertently missed out any musician or band. Many Thanks ~ ldg
© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Earliest recorded:

BAND MUSICIANS
Correa’s Optimists Swing Band ~ 1928 (Correa Brothers)

 

 

1940 – 1960, the prominent bands were:

BAND MUSICIANS
The Carvalho Trio ~ Felix Carvalho father & sons Chris and Tony were talented classical and jazz musicians

 

Janu Vaz Band ~ The best jazz and blues band of the late 1940s -1950s were the Janu Vaz Band with a full range of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, double-bass and the percussions. the master-musicians were saxophonists Alex Rodrigues and Dominic Gonsalves ; several trumpeters, one of them John Fernandes , double-bassist David William and drummers Basil and Rudy D’Souza

 

Soares Brothers ~ Alex Soares, Peter Soares, Paul Soares & Tony Pinto

 

Rhythm Swingtette ~ Brothers Joe D’Cruz and Pat D’Cruz, Tony Mendonca, Squigee Neeves, Buju Platell and Oscar DeSouza.

 

Rockets  ~ Mark Fernandes (trumpet), Rudy Wilson (guitar), Sabby Vaz (accordion) & Malcolm D’Souza (drums)

 

Rhythm Quintet ~ Alex Soares, Peter Soares, Paul Soares & Tony Pinto

 

The Blue Notes ~ Charlie Frances (drummer), Dominic Fernandes (trumpet), Doug Finchley, Tony Menezes (pianist).
They played at the Metropole from 1950 to 1961
From  1961 to 1970 in Lahore
From 1970 – 1973 in Islamabad & Pindi.  After that Mr. Dominic Fernandes (Band Leader) left for the US – Nov 1973. 
The Samba Rhythm Kings ~ John D’souza, Alex Rodrigues, Victor, Janu Vaz

 

Rhythamaires ~ Willie, Jabbar, Francis Gonsalves and John Fernandes

 

Johnny Lion and the Jumping Jewels ~ band from the Netherlands that played at 007 Beach Luxury Hotel

 

Citations ~ Alan Albuquerque, Jeffery Besterwitch, Richie D’Souza & Melwyn Orr.  Played at Sam’s Hotel in Murree

female vocalist of the 50s-60s ~ Nori

 

1960 to 1970:

BAND MUSICIANS
The Abstracts  ~ the original musicians were Arif O Mohammad (rhythm), Thaddeus Pinto (drums) and Arif Bharoocha (lead/bass), later Mohammed Ali Rashid (keys), Salim Akhtar (bass) and Salim Jaffery (drums)

 

Moon-Glows ~ Ronnie Rangel (Popatlal), Norman D’souza, Colin D’souza, Dominic Fernandes (late), Max Fernandes (band leader).
They played at the KLM Midway house in the 60s and also performed at the Beach Luxury Hotel
Defenders ~ from the US 1960: Jim Omps, Jim Martin, Dave Talbot, Bob Gardner and William R. Gardner. -in contact with Bob – US

 

The Bugs ~ Farooq Fatah, Ayaz Fatah, Afzal Javeri, Jamshed Muzaffar

 

Hello Why are You?

 

~ Farooq Fatah, Karim Pirani, Mansoor Fatah, Atiq Rehman Horse Shoe Restaurant (first band)

 

The Captivators  ~ Dawn Davies, Peter Fernandes, Timothy Fernandes, Ronnie Dias and Alan Goveas

 

The Aay Jays

 

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The Blue Birds

 

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The Fore Thoughts ~ Asif Lukhmani (lead), Bashir Balouch (bass), Anis Ahmed Katariwali (keys) and Umeed Ansari (drummer).  Anis had 6 fingers on his right hand
Azmut Butt (vocals) – need to check
Willie Po & the Boyz ~ Sabby Noronha, Peter Patrick, Macky, Leslie Patrick & Titus Nunes

 

Drifters  ~ Peter Paul Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Ronnie Rangel (Popat Lal), Edward Mendes, Alan Goveas, Alan Albourque (bass) & Dawn Davis (Fernandes)

 

The Xavier Sisters ~ Cecile, Jennifer, Brenda and Cynthia

 

The Pace Setters ~ musicians originally from Chittagong later moved to Karachi (before Bangladesh) Daphne Gonsalves (keys – Joe Fernandes’s wife),Errol Dsanges (guitar), David Gonsalves (drums), Densil Gonsalves (sax), Jerome Almedia (lead).

 

The Loving Kind ~ Mohammad Hussain (lead), Raza Shah (rhythm), Imad Shah (bass), Ahmad (drummer)

 

The Panthers ~ 1967 Norman Braganza (lead and vocals), Fasahat Hussein (sitar, keyboard and tabla), Eric Fernandes (bass) and Ahsan Sajjad (drums and lead vocals)

 

The Strollers ~ Stephen Silvera (manager), Noel Roderigues (drums), Lourdes (rhythm guitar), Owen Patrick (bass), Carlyle Rocha (lead guitar)

 

The Black Pirates ~ Fasahat Syed (organ) and Eric Fernandes (bass), Basheer Balouch (guitar)

 

Jim And The Junks ~ Khalid Fatah (bass), Jamshed Muzaffar(jim) (lead singer), Khalid Nawaz-Shifty (drums), Asif (rhythm), Alam (lead)

 

Thunders ~ Anjum (drums), Azim Lakhani (lead guitar), Ajmal Khan (bass), Shahid Habib (rhythm)

 

Surfers ~ Maxwell Dias (lead), Bunty/Bunzy, Ken (drummer), Jeffrey Besterwich, Steven Griffins (drummer)

 

The Mods

 

~ Mohammad (lead), Feroz (rhythm), Aziz (drummer), Rehman (bass)
Silhouettes  ~ Azam, Anjun, Mansoor, Jawed, Ajmal and Richard (some confusion whether these guys were originally from Dacca)

 

Blitz  ~ US Embassy Kids – Mike Matthews (rhythm), Anjum Khan (drummer), Dan Mcharty (lead), Bill Timrud (bass)

 

Bloody What’s The Matter ~ Khalid Fatah (bass), Afzal Javeri (lead singer), Asif (rhythm), Nasir (drums), Alam (lead)

 

In-Crowd  ~ Edgar Saville, Norman D’souza, Sydney D’souza, Ivan Menezes, Leon Menezes, Willy Po, Titus Nunes, Hillary, Donald, Ron

 

Talisman  ~ Iggy, Norman D,souza (vocals), Colin, D’souza, Thaddeus Pinto, Martin Fernandes, Charlie D’souza, Paupat Lal, Max Dias (lead/rhythm), Freddy Barrel (drums), and Nobby Furtado (bass), Julius Saldhana

 

Keynotes  ~ Joe D’costa , Malcolm Fernandes , Ron Pinto , Everad Remedios, Ainsley Highfield, Nobby Furtado, Trevor D’mello, William, Hillary furtado, Max Dias

 

Lotalics ~ Lotia family – They weren’t professional musicians

 

The Blue Shadows ~ Ralph Daranjo, Paul Sebastien, Ronnie D’souza, Cajie D’souza and Alfred Hou.

 

Ivan’s Aces ~ Nigel (drums), Jerry Vernem (bass), Alan Derrick (rhythm) and Ivan Bawa (lead singer and guitar).

 

The Hippies ~ 1962 Francis Gonsalves (need to confirm names of others)

 

The Blind Faith ~ Eric Barlow, Nino Frances, Zahir, Ian Birch and Donald Duncan.  Played at Tarbela Dam 1970.

Women in the 60s and 70s ~ with the Xavier Sisters becoming the first Pakistani all-women band to perform live and on Radio Pakistan and television.

Other female vocalists and musicians of the 60s and 70s ~ Hilda Pereira, Francesca (Cesca) Domingo (others listed with their respective bands)

 

1970 to late 80s:

BAND MUSICIANS
Like Harvest ~ first line up @ 3 Aces – Farooq Fatah, Atiq Rehman, Iggy, David and Bobby Fredrick, Ronnie Khan

~ Atiq -ur- Rehman (drums), Farooq Fatah (lead), Ayaz Fatah (rhythm), Khalid Fatah (bass), Mansoor Fatah

 

October Cherries ~ 1973 live band from Singapore that played at Samar, Metropole.  Richard Khan, Peter Diaz, Benny Siow and Jay Shotam -in contact with Jay and Richard

 

21st Century ~ Tariq Mirza (TEE-M), Zahoor Karamally, Feroze Dada, Asghar

(drums)

 

Inner Lights ~ Alex Rodrigues, Alex Gomes, Ken Fialho, Francis Fernandes

 

Phase 2 72-74 “The Phaze II at the midway house” the original band members were Sidney D’souza, Stevie Francis, Alex Gomes, Clarence Andrade.  Yvette Fyfe and Boko did sing with them occasionally.

Ron Pinto (lead), Ronnie Dias (bass), Errol (rhythm), Blaise Pereira on drums.  Played at the Merchant Navy Club.  Musicians that also played with this band prior to its formation were: Norman and Melvyn Fernandes at the Village.

 

The Cossacks ~ Paul Rodrigues, Francis D’costa, Daphne Lobo, Joe Fernandes & Ritchie D’souza, Later:  Kenny Fialho, Thaddeus Pinto (Maracas), Jerome Almeida

 

Silver Sticks ~ Ralph Daranjo, Paul Sebastien, Ronnie D’souza, Cajie D’souza and Alfred Hou

 

Transmission ~ Sidney D’souza, Arif Barocha, Ronnie D’souza and Ralph DAranjo

 

Irwin’s Error ~ Urooj Malik (drums), Owen Patrick (bass & back up vocals), Tuppy Macdonald (lead & vocals), Irfan Bawany (keys & backup vocals) – in contact with Bill (Tuppy Macdonald – US)

 

The End of the Road ~ Mario Rebello, Robin John, Terrance Simpson & Patrick Callaghan (RIP)

 

Blackjacks  ~ Bobby Fredricks, Michael Rodrigues, Zakir Hussain, Glenn Boyle, Tony (TJ), Trevor D’mello, Ronnie Remedios, Sabby Patrick, Trevor Davids, Roland Trinidad, Bosco D’souza, Rodney Judd, Francis Sebastian, Gerard Vanderlowen, Alan Vandrlowen, Allan Dias, Solly Clements, Norman D’souza, Max Dias, Russel D’souza, Nadeem, Peter Felix

 

Dad’s Gratitude ~ Fali Cooper, Rizwan Fancy, Arif Barucha, Salim Akhtar, Shakeel, Ritchie D’souza, David Braganza, Francis Sebastin, Godwin D’souza and Ritchie Thomas.

 

Xperiments  ~ Errol, Brian Lobo, Norman D’souza, Kevin Francis & Bosco De Souza

 

Communication

 

~ Edgar Saville (keys), Eric D’silva (lead/vocals) Alan Vanderlowen (guitar/vocals), Alan Dias (bass), Franky (sax & vocals), Malcolm Goveas (drums)

 

The Flintstones  ~ (D’Souza Brothers) Godwin, Xavier, Roy and drummer Tony Misquita

 

Underground-4  ~ Atiq-ur-Rehman, Alan Dias, Alan Vanderlowen, Malcolm Goveas, Frankie, Errol D’silva & Nizar Lalani

 

The Young Ones ~ Roland D’Souza, George Green, Gabriel Rodrigues, Jefferson Chen, Desmond Saldanha (all guitarists), Allan Goveas, Alex D’Souza, Oscar Cordeiro (all drummers), Clarence Andrade, Michael Castellino (Sax & Clarinet), Julius Saldanha & Dennis Davids (Keyboard)

 

The Fabs ~ Christopher Fernandes, Dennis Nazareth, Brian D’Souza, Llywellyn Davids, Cajetan Rodrigues, Anthony D’Souza (TJ)

 

The Rebels ~ Alan Vanderlowen, Michael Rodrigues (keys), Merwyn Correa (drums), Randolph Monterio (bass), Roland Rosario (lead), Kenneth D’Souza (rhythm)

 

The Flashlights ~ Milton Correa, Rudy D’mello, Ronnie Correa

 

The OBRLDS ~ Marshall D’Souza, Joe Lewis, Willie Joseph, Benny Joseph, Patrick James, Bosco D’souza.

 

The Record Breakers ~ Mariette D’Souza, Janice Correa, Lolly Almedia, Mildred Correa, Maria Wallis

 

The Noise Makers ~ Ann Andrade, Virginia Fernandes, Jacinta Soares, Genevieve Rodrigues

 

Butterflies ~ 1976 Ludy D’lima, Margaret Andrade, Alice Palouse, Maryanne Pereira, Chrsylin D’Souza

 

Purple Haze ~ Alvin D’Souza, Allan D’Souza, Alfred D’Souza, Jacob Fernandes, Winston Rodricks, Martin McKenzie, Ronnie James and Trevor D’Mello

 

Axe-Attack  ~ Faisal (drums), Nadeem (guitar), Russell Owen D’souza (bass), Aamir Zaki (lead), Oswald Lucas (vocals), Ronnie James (joined later)

 

V 5 ~ Hadi (bass), Michael Phen (trumpet), Gabriel Rodrigues (keys), Saleem, Jadoon (vocals), Aslam (lead), Freddy Barrel (drums)

 

Familiar Faces ~ 77 – 79 Donald D’silva, Titus Nunes, Alex Gomes, Hilary Fialho, Ronnie ( Boy) Pinto, Michael Rodrigues, Ivan Menezes, Clarence Andrade

 

Anonymous  ~ Trevor Dcruz (drums) Alan Dcruz (bass) Clarence Lobo (rhythm/vocals), Neil Aranjo (piano) Ricky Coelho (lead), Joe Rodriguez (congo/sax) and Angelo (vocals)

 

Vision  ~ Clifford Lucas, Ricky Leachay, Ritchie, Allan Smith, Ronnie, Eric Lucas, Darryl Leachay

 

The Evergreen Jazz band  ~ Ralph Daranjo, (late) Alex Rodrigues & Louis D’souza

 

Midnight Liners ~ later this band changed its name to Radiations.  Boniface Herbert, Russell Owen D’souza, Lawrence Gomes (drums), Franky (vocals) and Robert D’Cruz (vocals and lead), Angelo (vocals), Ralph (guitars), Neil Araujo (keys), Joe Rodriguez (sax), Allan Smith (drums),

 

Radiations  ~ Boniface Herbert, Brian Lobo, Robert D’cruz, Glen D’cruz, Angelo D’cruz, Niel Araujo and Hillary Rodrigues ~Tony D’Souza (aka TJ) and Max Dias came in later.

 

The Boyz ~ ‘The Boyz’ (80s) were the first band that composed and recorded a musical sound track for PTV in a drama called ‘Boarding House’.  Amir Khan (keyboards), Amber Naqvi (drums), Naz Therani (bass) and Raza Begg on (lead and rhythm). original bassist was Jamal Afridi.

 

 

90s:

BAND MUSICIANS
Milestones  ~ Ali Tim (bass), Candy Pereira (vocals/rhythm), Yousuf Begg (guitar) later Ziyyad Gulzar (guitars), Carl Miranda (drums) & later Alan Smith (drums), back up vocals Zelina & Zelma later went mainstream

 

Final Cut ~ Azim Riffat, Rizwan Khan, Shehzad Mughal & Derek Clements

 

Variations  ~ 1990 Edmond Nunes (bass), Pierre Colaco (keyboards), Hillary Rodriques (saxaphone), Tony Pinto (rhythm), Oneil Malik (lead), Lawrence Soares & Michael Fernandes(drums), Ronald Fernandes (vocals) & Clifford Lucas (vocals/keyboard)

 

Razzmatazz 1 ~ Adrian Fletcher (drums), Ashley Clements (vocals), Jason D’Costa (Vocals / Sax) Thomas “Tim” D’souza (keyboards), Atif Mujahid (lead), Tahir Khan (rhythm / lead) and Steven Gonsalvas (bass)

 

Razzmatazz 2 ~ Adrian Fletcher (drums) Kevin Fernandes (vocals) Alex Manuel (keyboard), Titus Periera (rhythm / lead) Charles Suares (rhythm and vocals), Alan D’cruz (bass and vocals)

 

Black Knights ~ 1992 Clifford Lucas, Kevin Francis, Cyril Pinto, Jason D’souza

 

Oklahoma  ~ Tino Pinto, Johny D’Souza, Colin Coutihno, Steven Gonsalves, Alan D’Cruz and Joe Menezes (drums)

 

Black Rose  ~ Kevin Sebastian (vocalist), Mr. KG Lobo (rhythm) Mr. Gerald Jd, (drums) and Iqbal Kamdar (bass)

 

Undertow  ~ Imran Lodhi (vocals), Kashan Admani (guitars, now founder of band Mizmaar) Eskander Mirza (bass, from David Game school), later replaced by Russel Owen D’souza on bass, and Adnan Hussain aka Eddy (drums, david game and lecole / later with Aaroh for a short period).

 

Barbarians ~ Keith Venantius (vocals), Nabeel (drums), Asad Ahmed (lead), Waqar (keys) and Jamal Afridi (bass) later went mainstream

 

 

 

 

‘The Thunders’ with Azim Lakhani

 

The Thunders

LtoR Anjum (drums), Azim Lakhani (lead guitar), Ajmal Khan (bass), Shahid Habib (rhythm) – photograph courtesy Azim Lakhani

It was in the late 50’s when someone owed my brother Rs 25, so in exchange he brought home a 🎸 guitar.  I was 15, looked at it and instantly became quite fascinated, however, it had only one string.  At the time there was a musical instrument store that recently opened on Tariq Road called ‘Wood and Tone’; so I went there and asked them to fix it. When it arrived home after being fixed and tuned, I began strumming it with little knowledge of how it was played other than watching Elvis strumming it in the movies.  Eventually my friend and Co-founder Shahid Habib and I figured out how to play tunes by ear and hence ‘Thunders” came into being.
With dedication and practice we both perfected our guitar playing skills and was joined by now Dr Ajmal Khan on bass.  Shahid loved playing rhythm and surprisingly I was a natural drummer, but somehow ended up playing lead –  I loved it!  We didn’t have professional instruments and didn’t know how to raise money.  A good soul introduced us to Anjum Karim, whose father owned the H M silk mills. We became friends, and he financed our group, with one caveat that he’ll play drums, it was a no brainer.
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The Thunders – Shahid, Ajmal, Azmut, Anjum, Azim

After our instruments arrived from Germany, we realised that he only wanted to impress girls, but had no real talent musically.  So we hired, the late great Sidney D’Souza to teach him (which was in vain).  Finally, we decided to go ahead with our plans to play with Sidney as our drummer.  Man we sounded good…. suffice to say we were the ‘first’ band in Karachi with Muslim musicians.  We were then joined by the late Azmut Butt as our drummer and lead singer. Our main genre was instrumental music as ours was the era of The Shadows, The Ventures etc. – the craze of the day.
We were quite established as a band and played often for Lahore And Pindi TV; scored the theme music for ‘Aurat aur Zamana’ and even bagged the opportunity to act and perform in the movie.  We were invited to play in Murree and Dacca (East Pakistan).
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The highlight of our endeavours came in 1967, when the battle of the bands took place at the Navy Fleet Club. It was the first of its kind and tons of people came out to support the event; standing room only with an overflow of folks who couldn’t get in. What an experience.  Never duplicated ever…
Morning News gave us the thumbs up as the best instrumental group.  There were other greats, like The Bugs, but they were more into singing and harmony as they were trying to emulate the Beatles who had burst into the music scene.
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The Thunders playing at the Arts Council – photograph courtesy Azim Lakhani

In addition, we were the featured live band at the Metropole Hotel disco and at the jam sessions at the Beach Luxury hotel.  We also played at all the major venues and clubs, like KPI, KGA, St Joseph’s, PECHS girls school to name a few.

 

Note from the Editor:
In 1967, the first ever pop music concert ‘Battle of the Bands’ took place at the Navy Fleet Club.  This was the brain child of late Perveiz ‘mod’ Ayub.  The theatre had an 800 seat capacity but over a 1000 folks turned up; standing room only.

Original Flyer

The Sounds Incorporated Organizers and Committee – 1967

Six bands were invited to perform and at the time two were very popular: Thunders and The Bugs.  Both bands had a huge following which added to the electric atmosphere and most folks just wanted to witness who was going to be considered ‘the best’ .  There was a lot of noise, screaming and then some great entertainment.  Azim reminisces,

“Even after all these years it still sends goose bumps; folks still talk about that evening.   At the end, suffice to say,  all of us individually and collectively were talented and all of our performances were enhanced by the ambience of the crowd.   After all these years we are all still friends… even today.”

Set List
Set List of event organized by The Sounds Incorporated

The bands performing that evening were The Mods, The Loving Kind, The Blitz, The Bugs, The Thunders and The Fore Thoughts.

The Xavier Sisters ~ by Bosco D’souza

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BOAC Speedbird House Airport

A few pictures of The Xavier Sisters during their musical career in Pakistan which began in 1966 and ended in 1975.

 

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Pop Festival 1971

 

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The Shalimar – Lahore

They performed mainly in Karachi at various venues, but also played in Lahore, Islamabad, Daharki, and were the first Karachi band to have an out-of-country contract (Teheran) in 1969.
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Goethe Institute

 

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The Grand Hotel

During their career span, one of the sisters took a two-year hiatus to pursue further studies abroad, hence some pictures show just four of the five sisters.
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The Metropole Garden

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PAF Officers Mess, Mauripur

 

In 1972, towards the latter part of their musical career, the sisters started to emigrate one at a time.  Male musician friends replaced them until in 1975 when they finally disbanded as the rest of the family emigrated to Canada.
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PAF Officers Mess, Mauripur

 

Our LMK Co-Founders Sabby Patrick and Bosco D’souza met up with two of the sisters recently in Canada.

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Sabby (Blackjacks), Jennifer (Xavier Sisters), Bosco(Black Jacks) and Brenda (Xavier Sisters)

Bug Buddies ~ by Syed Javed Sadiq

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Jimmy Jamshaid and Atiq Rehman

We studied at St. Paul’s High School in Karachi from where the first pop band of the 60s ‘The Bugs’ originated from.

Most musicians then were self taught as was Atiq… banging away on desks, tables ‘n’ tin plates as cymbals.

It was a lively era…easy-going n comfy with all ethnicities.  Clubs abounded…every Saturday was a party night.  The youth was appreciative… all out for a bit of fun n frolic.  And these islands of cultural diaspora nurtured and turned into pro fledgling bands.

Atiq was certainly among the better known percussionists… with his ever endearing smile n demeanor.  Moon Glows did their ditty at the Karachi Gymkhana while the then relatively recent band the Incrowd ruled the roost among the young vibrant music ‘luvers’ inspired by lyrics of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendricks, Bob Dylan; the emerging Afro-American music like Santana, Rare Earth, Osibisa, Boney M, and yes, the reggae legend Bob Marley.

Arif Bharoocha

~ Coutesy Spittaman Petigara

There are some people that we are truly thankful for and in my case I have to thank Fali Cooper and his family for all the support and help they have given me through the years.

I started my music career in 1967 and can quite honestly say that our first band could not play very well.  I also needed to develop my own skills as a musician and thus dedicated three months of learning with my uncle.  I then got hold of a few guys and started a band called ‘The Abstracts’.

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‘The Abstracts’ above L-R we have Mumdu, Arif Obaid, myself and Thaddeus D. Pinto.

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The Abstracts ~ Photographs contributed by Saddiq M. Artwork by ldg

 

In 1971 I met Fali Cooper and that’s when we started a new band and got quite popular in the entertainment business.  Our biggest supporter was Fali’s father and so we dedicated the name of the band to him and called ourselves ‘Dad’s Gratitude’.   The line-up was Saleem Akhtar, Rizwan Fancy, Fali Cooper, Richie and myself.

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In the photograph above L-R we have Saleem Akhtar, Rizwan Fancy, Fali Cooper and myself.

Dad's Gratitude

For more on Dad’s Gratitude click on the following link: https://lmkonline.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/dads-gratitude-of-the-70s/

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Whilst performing with Dad’s Gratitude and even before that I was playing session music for tv, radio, films and background music.  I also played solo and had a band with Aamir Zaki.  I’ve played with so many musicians, too many to mention.

I also played for a Jazz and a French band.  Spittaman, Farhad and myself also played for quite a while.  A three piece band with Hillary (RIP), Denise and myself.

Apart from all the live music I was also teaching at Yamaha for many years and some of my students are playing professionally abroad.  It makes me so happy to see them all successful.

And Yes indeed Dad’s Gratitude was the best band that I played for!   I also played with Gerard and Malcolm at the Marriott.  It was an all acoustic with no amplification which was a very interesting experience for me.

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In the photograph above L-R we have myself, Malcolm Goveas and Gerard Vanderlowen

Finally I have to thank Spittaman for introducing me to a school that I am working at and enjoying every moment of it.

Thanks!